The Catalonia America Council hosts inaugural reception with President of Catalonia Quim Torra

The Catalonia America Council (CAC) hosted its inaugural reception in Washington, DC on June 28.  The event marked the launch of a new, non-profit organization working to strengthening the transatlantic relationship between the United States and Catalonia.

In remarks made to attendees, CAC Executive Director Andrew Davis spoke to the shared values that define the U.S.- Catalonia relationship: a thirst for liberty, democracy, and self-government, as well as an entrepreneurial spirit that drives innovation on both sides of the Atlantic.  Noting the challenges presented by the current political climate, Mr. Davis reaffirmed the CAC’s commitment to supporting and strengthening these common values, and outlined the scope of the organization’s work in the United States.

As part of the inaugural event, Mr. Davis also introduced the Executive team, including Xavier Vilà, Director of Communications and Outreach, and Anselm Bossacoma, Director of Business and Innovation.  In addition, he introduced the Board of Directors, all of whom bring to the CAC a wealth of experience in business, international affairs, commerce, and nonprofit work. Those members are George Ganey, Katrina Drabeck, James Stranko, Marc Corsi, Mercè Paratje and Enrique Roig.

The members of the Board also represent different geographical regions within the United States which are of special importance to the U.S.-Catalonia relationship, such as California, New York, and Washington, DC.

Finally, Mr. Davis introduced President Quim Torra of the Catalan Government, who made the evening’s keynote address to the packed room.  President Torra spoke to the longstanding relationship between Catalonia and the United States, noting that the American Consulate in Barcelona is one of the oldest U.S. consulates anywhere in the world, and described the CAC as a playing a key role in supporting and strengthening this relationship and “building bridges of understanding between our two countries.”

The CAC is currently planning a new series of events for summer and fall 2018 which will be announced at a future date.

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The Catalonia America Council (CAC) is an independent, nonpartisan, non-profit organization dedicated exclusively to engaging with the most important political and social challenges facing Catalonia and America, and to strengthening relations between them.  The CAC is organized and operated as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization based in Washington, DC, and is funded entirely by private donations.

For more information on the Catalonia America Council, please visit catalanamerican.org.

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